- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (October 5, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 161608426X
- ISBN-13: 978-1616084264
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 108 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Why Planes Crash: An Accident Investigators Fight for Safe Skies Hardcover – October 5, 2011
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About the Author
David Soucie is the owner of Sans Souci Enterprises, LLC., a disaster recovery company based in Silverthorne, Colorado. He also works with the Federal Aviation Administration as a member of the Safety Management Implementation (SMI) Committee, and serves on the Safety Management Systems Focus Group in Washington D.C. Previously, he was an aviation safety inspector at the FAA and, before that, served as the senior director of technical services for Air Methods Inc., one of the largest helicopter emergency medical operations in the world.
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For more than 30 years Mr. Soucie has been, and is continuing to be to this day, an advocate for aviation safety. When you read his book, he documents the reason and explains why planes crash and how some of the crashes he’s investigated, as an aviation accident investigator, could have been prevented. He also provides insights to change the way we think to make safer choices both in and out of the aviation industry.
In addition to his professional commitment in aviation, it is also a personal commitment. Mr. Soucie explains in detail the heart-wrenching personal pain and loss of friends and colleagues that has changed his life forever and continues to be motivated to keep fulfilling promises made to improve aviation safety.
While the book has chilling and gripping detailed accounts of accidents Mr. Soucie has investigated, he has been sensitive about the details with respect to their families. I believe that in reading the book and his accounts about his personal pain and loss, these life-changing experiences probably allowed him to become even more sensitive and compassionate towards those who also have lost loved ones.
For those considering a career in the FAA, Mr. Soucie shares his perspective of what life is like in the FAA and the aviation industry in general (the rewards, the challenges, the good days, the challenging days) as an accident investigator and how his career impacted family life, how difficult it can be when part of the job required a lot of travel, relocation to other areas for long stretches at a time and then making choices how to keep a family together.
Why should you read the book and who is it intended for?
This book is written for anyone who has little to no understanding about the aviation industry, those who work within all aspects of the aviation industry and those who are in positions of authority and decision making. By the time you finish reading the book, you will have a greater sense of understanding for the work accident investigators do, how difficult it can be and how you can make safety choices within both aviation and non-aviation industries.
By reading the book, you get an inside perspective of Mr. Soucie’s commitment to improve aviation safety. It is an easy read yet the details of the accidents will force you to pause, reflect about life and then move on better than before.
Mr. Soucie is periodically on CNN providing insight, commentary and analysis from the accidents of MH370 and now MH17 using past experiences from his 30+ year career helping us understand what is involved in accident investigations. He also provides from time to time insights to educate and inform the CNN viewers how to be safety conscious as we prepare to travel.
bright and dedicated expert, which we have learned also from seeing him on television when there is a crash somewhere.
The book tells of the development of this extraordinary man as he grew up in the flying business. It is a story of keeping planes flying and healthy in a world in which mediocrity runs amok in many manufacturing situations. Soucie is the perfect person to tell this story, because he is able to tell the story from three perspectives, The love of flying was his starting point. Second, he is a man to whom keeping his family together and happy while his work kept him away from home for months at a time. Third, his love of flying together with his drive to provide increased safety to aviation make him the perfect person to tell this story.
I was expecting much the same from Soucie's book but ordered it anyway. To say I was surprised would be an understatement. It read like a novel and I finsihed it in two days.
The book traced his life in which he's been involved in avaiation from an early age. many of the points he made were illustrated thru accidents he 's investigated and experience he's faced while working in the industry.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in aviation.